Division of the Arts

Liana Conyers

Faculty in Performing Arts; Associate Dean of Studies
BA, Bennington College; MFA, University of Oregon. 
Liana Conyers is an artist and educator in the mid-Atlantic region. Most notably she is a recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching for the 2020-2021 academic year and will conduct scholarly research in Singapore. Before joining Bard DC as the Associate Dean of Studies, Liana served as a faculty member at BHSEC Newark for five years, where she was awarded Teacher of the Year, and a Bard Early College Faculty Fellowship. In the Bard Network, Liana teaches movement studies, Black Aesthetics in Mass Media, and is an Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences grant recipient. Conyers has received several residencies for her creative work at notable venues including New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, and The Kitchen.  With over 15 years of teaching and performing experience, her work has been presented at Emory University, Spelman College, U of O, the ACDF NW Conference, Big Range Festival, Philadiction Movement, and Movement Research at the Judson Church.

John Peasant Jr.

Faculty in Performing Arts
BME, Alabama State University; MM, University of Tennessee; PhD, University of Florida.     
A native of Cataula, Georgia, Dr. Peasant recently completed doctoral studies in music education at the University of Florida. His research areas involve the use of digital games in the music classroom and social justice with music education pedagogy. As an educator, Dr. Peasant has experience teaching music in grade levels from Kindergarten to college for over a decade. As a saxophonist, he predominantly performed throughout the First Coast of Florida within classical and commercial settings. He has played under the baton of Frank Ticheli, Jack Stamp, Richard Saucedo, and other composers. Dr. Peasant has also shared the stage with artists such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, Kem, the Whispers, and many other R&B artists.

Tongji Phillip Qian

Faculty in Visual Arts

BA, Carleton College; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design.

Tongji Philip Qian is a multidisciplinary artist and the co-founder of TPQ Studio. He is interested in locating and capturing the edge of an artistic practice according to his idiosyncratic definitions of #speed, #labor, #internationalism, and #immigration. His writings on teaching and art criticism, on the other hand, focus on the intersections of students, institutions, contexts, and variations. Tongji Philip Qian received his BA in art history and mathematics from Carleton College, and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Qian has exhibited his work in solo and group presentations in Asia, North America, and Europe, and has attended artist residencies in India, Japan, Germany, and the United States.

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